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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,360th Largest Publishing Industry: 3,676th Most Influential: 4,474th
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The Great Shepherds

Population3.875 billion

CapitalBrenna
LeaderVincent Doggts

Currencyoren
Animalgerman shepherd

The Empire of The Great Shepherds is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Vincent Doggts with an even hand, and remarkable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, anti-smoking policies, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 3.875 billion Great Shepherds have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Brenna. The average income tax rate is 82.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Great Shepherd economy, worth 546 trillion orens a year, is led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Trout Farming. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 140,933 orens, with the richest citizens earning 5.1 times as much as the poorest.

Breast milk is being redistributed from each according to their ability to each according to their need, competing private ambulances racing to be the first to traffic accidents are a major cause of road accidents, party leaders rely on horoscopes to create "ticket balance", and the "temporary replacement bus service" is now a permanent fixture. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Great Shepherds's national animal is the german shepherd, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

The Great Shepherds is ranked 55,987th in the world and 2,580th in Lazarus for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 2,688.95 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,360thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,676thMost Influential: 4,474thBest Weather: 5,295thMost Cultured: 5,531stMost Beautiful Environments: 5,932ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,186thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,266thMost Developed: 6,392ndHealthiest Citizens: 6,434thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,670thTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 9,546thMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,576thSmartest Citizens: 9,615thLargest Welfare Programs: 9,776thLargest Governments: 10,684thHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,338thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,349thMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,142ndNicest Citizens: 12,975thMost Inclusive: 13,247thLowest Crime Rates: 13,315thMost Cheerful Citizens: 13,436thMost Compassionate Citizens: 13,552ndMost Pacifist: 13,635thSafest: 14,374thMost Secular: 14,512thHighest Average Incomes: 14,586thMost Efficient Economies: 15,597thLargest Information Technology Sector: 16,047th
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 134th in the regionMost Influential: 158th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 190th in the regionBest Weather: 275th in the regionMost Cultured: 295th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 314th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 318th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 320th in the regionMost Developed: 321st in the regionTop
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Healthiest Citizens: 379th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 464th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 507th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 572nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 629th in the regionLargest Governments: 669th in the region

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